good vs well : Common Errors in English

About good vs well

You do something well, but a thing is good. The exception is verbs of sensation in phrases such as “the pie smells good,” or “I feel good.” Despite the arguments of nigglers, this is standard usage. Saying “the pie smells well” would imply that the pastry in question had a nose. Similarly, “I feel well” is also acceptable, especially when discussing health; but it is not the only correct usage.

good Meaning(s)

  • (s) deserving of esteem and respect
  • (n) benefit
  • (n) moral excellence or admirableness
  • (n) that which is pleasing or valuable or useful
  • (a) having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
  • (s) having the normally expected amount
  • (a) morally admirable
  • (s) promoting or enhancing well-being
  • (s) agreeable or pleasing
  • (s) of moral excellence
  • (s) having or showing knowledge and skill and aptitude
  • (s) thorough
  • (n) articles of commerce
  • (s) with or in a close or intimate relationship
  • (s) financially sound
  • (s) most suitable or right for a particular purpose
  • (s) resulting favorably
  • (s) exerting force or influence
  • (s) capable of pleasing
  • (s) appealing to the mind
  • (s) in excellent physical condition
  • (s) tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health
  • (s) not forged
  • (s) not left to spoil
  • (s) generally admired
  • (r) (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well')
  • (r) completely and absolutely (`good' is sometimes used informally for `thoroughly')

well Meaning(s)

  • (n) a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine
  • (n) a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid
  • (n) an abundant source
  • (n) an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)
  • (n) an enclosed compartment in a ship or plane for holding something as e.g. fish or a plane's landing gear or for protecting something as e.g. a ship's pumps
  • (v) come up, as of a liquid
  • (a) in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury
  • (s) resulting favorably
  • (s) wise or advantageous and hence advisable
  • (r) (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well')
  • (r) thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form
  • (r) indicating high probability; in all likelihood
  • (r) (used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully
  • (r) to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree
  • (r) favorably; with approval
  • (r) to a great extent or degree
  • (r) with great or especially intimate knowledge
  • (r) with prudence or propriety
  • (r) with skill or in a pleasing manner
  • (r) in a manner affording benefit or advantage
  • (r) in financial comfort
  • (r) without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor

good in News

  1. Good economic news buoys stocks

    NEW YORK - Good news about hiring and spending at retail businesses helped send the U.S. stock market sharply higher Thursday.
    on June 14, 2013 Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

  2. Good Bull Voicemail - Rivalry Talk

    Good Bull Voicemail - Rivalry Talk
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WPXI Pittsburgh

  3. Good Day/Weather and notes for the Guernsey County area

    Good day! Nice Friday with periods of sunshine. Highs in the upper 70s. Details on page A-10. Rodgers & Hammerstein's Some Enchanted Evening will be presented on June 14 -15 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Living Word Outdoor Drama, Cambridge.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: The Daily Jeffersonian

well in News

  1. Severe thunderstorms, as well as tornadoes, are now bearing down on the Mid-Atlantic and South, brin

    Severe thunderstorms, as well as tornadoes, are now bearing down on the Mid-Atlantic and South, bringing 70 mph winds to just outside of downtown Atlanta. Earlier, a tornado touched down outside of Washington, D.C.. Read more...        
    on June 14, 2013 Source: Gawker

  2. Well-known local leader arrested

    A well-respected leader in the Lake Wales community, schools, and church, is now fighting an embarrassing spotlight.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: ABC Action News Tampa Bay

  3. Well-Wishers Share Thoughts of Mandela

    Well-wishers gathered to pray for the former South African president as he spent a fourth day in intensive care for a lung infection.
    on June 11, 2013 Source: New York Times

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